A Saturday night in Sydney would not be complete without a coffee-infused cocktail in a chic martini glass. The much-loved espresso martini has become a staple on every bar menu in Sydney, and with many establishments putting their own spin on the original recipe, we’ve narrowed down our top favourites.
Fine Italian food and casual dining is a winning combo. Here, gnocchi is best served with a decent dose of parmesan and a cocktail in hand. For those with a penchant for espresso and dessert, be sure to finish your meal with a Tiramisu Martini; Ketel One, Amaretto, coffee and cream.
Alexandria, Sydney CBD and Crows Nest
As Sydney’s first dedicated espresso martini bar, Tuxedo Bar has garnered quite a following, and rightly so. With a range of espresso concoctions on the menu, including the classic with vodka, Single Origin coffee and Mr Black coffee liqueur, you will find it hard to stick with one. In a hurry? Don't worry, they have espresso martini on tap!
195 Gloucester Street, The Rocks
The cocktail menu is as beautiful as the venue and view. Hacienda has 14 cocktails on their list featuring classic to modern twists, and their espresso martini is hard to ignore. The Campfire Espresso Martini with marshmallow vodka, Kahlua, coffee and marshmallow syrup is a hit with coffee lovers and sweet tooth's alike.
61 Macquarie Street, Sydney
1821 is the place to go for delicious greek food and equally delectable cocktails. Blurring the lines between cocktail and dessert, try their Salted Caramel Espresso Martini. The mix of Salted Caramel vodka, Kahlua, espresso, agave and salt topped with a chocolate fudge wafer, honeycomb, fudge dusting and coffee pearls will give you sweet, sweet dreams.
122 Pitt Street, Sydney
Flaunted as one of Sydney’s best cocktail bars, Blu Bar on Level 36 of the world-class Shangri-La Hotel, has an extensive and impressive cocktail list. For now, we have our eyes set on a coffee-infused cocktail, order their decadent Vanilla Espresso Martini.
176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks
This popular rooftop bar in Potts Point draws Sydneysiders as much for the views as for their espresso martini. Served three ways, choose from Vodka and toasted coconut, rum and maple syrup, or cognac and cinnamon. Accompanying their cocktail selection is The Butler’s mouth-watering share menu.
123 Victoria Street, Potts Point
Everyone's favourite dessert bar, Koi, not only serves up sweet pastries but they do even sweeter cocktails. To get your coffee and liquor hit, try their Gotta Have Espresso Tini with Vanilla Vodka, Licor 43, espresso, mirin and maple syrup. After one you will be wanting another.
46 Kensington Street, Chippendale
The laidback vibes of Bondi Hardware go hand-in-hand with their appetising share plates and cocktails. As classic as they come, their take on the coffee cocktail is a blend of fresh espresso, Absolut Vodka, Kahlua and sugar. There is no messing around with the classics here.
39 Hall Street Bondi Beach
Old Hollywood glamour meets bustling Oxford Street. Della Hyde’s flirty opulence has been matched with their range of signature and seasonal cocktails. The Hyde Espresso is one of the most indulgent cocktails in Sydney, made with Vodka, coffee liqueur, salted caramel, espresso and caramel popcorn.
34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Touted as having one of the best “show-stopping” espresso martinis in Sydney, Firefly is your go-to bar for an espresso martini on the north side of the Bridge. Firefly’s coveted cookies & cream espresso martini is a strong blend of Eristoff vodka, fresh espresso, Mozart White, Mr Black and cookies and cream shavings.
24 Young Street, Neutral Bay
Riley Street Garage’s Espress Yo' Self is an indulgent twist on the classic espresso martini. Their mix includes Makers Mark bourbon, Connemara Peated Irish Whiskey & Ratu Signature rum liqueur with fresh espresso, Galliano Ristretto and honeycomb. In the mood for dinner? The chic establishment’s dishes are as sophisticated as the cocktails.
55 Riley Street, Woolloomooloo
With craft cocktails on the menu, 1920s décor and theatrical bartenders, Eau De Vie is a high-end cocktail bar with extra pizzazz. Giving new meaning to the phrase ‘dessert cocktail’, Eau De Vie have kicked it up a notch and added saffron and vanilla mousse, maple syrup, and liquid nitrogen to their Espresso Zabaione.
229 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst